The Hofsa has always been a very popular river and some say it is the perfect salmon river. Just cast your line across the pool and the water will present the fly for you. 85km in length. The top beat is its most famous being the only beat in a canyon and requiring a drive along hanging tracks and walking to get to the uppermost pools. The rest of the river is simply pool after pool of perfect fly water with snow-capped mountains in the background. Pools are long and wide with gravel bottoms and have many good lies.
Famous for its big fish caught on small flies and the hitch, the Hofsa is one of the most revered rivers in Iceland. It is almost equally famous for Beat One up at the top of the river where there is an impressive canyon and falls at which the fish stop.
The lodge has enjoyed an impressive upgrade lately and now offers all guests ensuite facilities. The main areas are spacious and bright making for a really good set up. Hofsa is the long river and the lodge is well placed for both upper and lower water.
You cannot go wrong with a 7wt single-hander and 12ft double-hander with floating lines and a back-up sink-tip. 8, 10 and 12lb leader covers most rivers with 15 or even 20lbs on some.
Expect to be very well looked after and really enjoy the river. Hope for some good sized fish in the teens and perhaps bigger as well as a decent grilse run. Rivers in the north can be moody but the fluctuations are worth it. Hofsa is one of the greats. Located in the north-east of Iceland, Hofsa is close to Vopnafjordur and only 15 mins from its airport. Alternatively you can fly into Reykjavik airport by private jet, 8 hrs away; or Keflavik airport, 8 hrs away.
Every trip to Iceland is different with a varying number of days fishing, possibly in different areas staying in different lodges and with or without non-fishing extensions. Therefore, every trip is by quotation once planned based on your choices and preferences as well as choice of accommodation.